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Safe Home Care & Hospitals

Promoting the Health, Safety and Well-being of Home Care and Health Care Workforce

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Our research promotes practices, products, and policies that address occupational safety, environmental safety, and patient safety in both home care and hospitals.

What's New

  • The Safe Home Care Project has been awarded a $2.48 million NIOSH grant to develop advances in safety for home care aides and clients that will keep pace with an aging population, advances in technology and other factors that are rapidly changing the field.

    The goals of the newest research project include: Producing guidelines, including a booklet, on safe practices for clients and families on how to prepare where they live for safe home care; Developing safety tools and techniques that can be introduced to clients when they are assessed for home care visits to identify factors that can be addressed to avoid potential problems, from preventing falls and infection to safe disposal of syringes and other sharps; Evaluating whether the tools introduced are beneficial to aides, clients and home care partners  - Press Release

  • Recent Safe Home Care research findings on home care aides' experiences of verbal abuse was covered in the press following its publication during July 2019 - "Home health care aides often experience verbal abuse from clients."
  • On April 12, 2019 the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships (CGRP) hosted the 5th Annual Healthy Aging, Living Well Forum at UMass Lowell. Pia Markkanen, Sc.D. and other Safe Home Care Project researchers collaborated in the Forum's organization as part of CGRP. Read more in the UMass Lowell news story: Healthy Aging Forum Features Age-friendly Initiatives and Workforce Health Research.
  • On June 10, 2019 Pia Markkanen, Sc.D., presented Safe Home Care work at the 2nd Global Carework Summit in Toronto, Canada. Her presentation focused on findings of the Project's qualitative phase on cleaning and disinfection in home care. The Summit program and abstracts are available at the Global Carework Summit website.


Read our Spring/Summer 2019 newsletter (pdf) to find out what's new in the project.

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Publicly Available Research

Many of the Safe Home Care Project's peer-reviewed articles are available to the public via open access (can be read, downloaded, and shared at no cost). Here are some of the most recent open access publications: